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Health, nutrition and exercise science department seeks research participants

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S. Nordstrom Stastny

The NDSU Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science is seeking healthy individuals for research studies.

“We are conducting research to find out if certain proteins in foods or supplements effect muscular health that can impact the ability to complete every day activities,” said Sherri Nordstrom Stastny, associate professor in the department.

Eligible participants are non-smoking males, ages 40 to 65, who include beef as part of a balanced diet. The study is funded by the Minnesota Beef Council. Interested participants are invited to take an online screening questionnaire to test for eligibility. Eligible participants come to NDSU’s campus for testing, which involves simple exercises and an ultrasound of the upper leg muscle. Participants wear an activity tracker for one week, while logging food intake from their normal routine. Results are compared and participants receive a report of all of their individual tests, such as nutrition intake and amount of physical activity. Participants will receive an incentive payment of $90.

Researchers also are seeking non-smoking female participants, ages 18 to 80. The study focuses on the influence of animal-based protein and beef consumption on the ability to perform functional activities, muscle quality and bone mineral density among females. The study is funded by the North Dakota Beef Commission.

“We seek to identify habits that lead to maintenance muscle health as we age,” said Nordstrom Stastny. “If we maintain strength and other muscle quality as we get older, it is more likely that we will maintain our independence as we age.”

Contact Nordstrom Stastny for more information at or 701-231-7479.

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